Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In the Final Throes

Bayou Buzz, Sometimes its best to know what you're talking about, really. When a person is selected as perfect prey to systematicly disenfranchise a group of individuals and a "newer generation" says not so, all persons involved should think again.

Now, however; we should admit we are in, what all parties should know by now we are,
In the final throes.

Never again, will a prosecutor; over extend himself by excessively, seeking to sentence individuals to abhorent periods of time behind bars en masse. And, when one puts his foot in the water to defend against a racial taboo, the "fed upness" of the moment, may be considered more closely. Or will it?

The younger generation, at the behest of musicologist of today, have said that this generation, would not put up with what "our" parents put up with. Our parents, endured "Bloody Sunday".

So, what did we expect on that December day in 2006. And how was a sixteen year old to know it would come to this.

Now, the signification is, we're in the final throes. Don't believe it?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Between the Cops & the Courts:The DA

Another man tasered in Minden, Louisiana: D'Mario Rabb Tasered by Minden, Police; some say after he was handcuffed.

The fact of a man or woman's criminal past, does not give the right to be electrocuted while he is in handcuffs with an instrument no better than the cattle prod used on animals.

Scooter!-Tasered to Death in Winnfield, Louisiana. The death of Baron Pikes aka Baron "Scooter" Collins is akin to what has happened in Queens, New York. Scooter had no prior record, though and was treated less than human by a Winnfield Police Officer. And he is now still being treated inhumanely by the judiceo-law enforcement community of Winn Parish. It is an indictment on the Jindal Adminstration's evolving of a New Louisiana.

"Absolute Immunity"
For decades, the Supreme Court has recognized two types of immunity under 42 U.S.C. 1983, the statute under which Goldstein filed his civil rights suit. When sued for money damages, most public servants enjoy “qualified immunity,” meaning charges are automatically dismissed unless the alleged conduct violated clearly established constitutional rights. Meanwhile, a small subset of officers — including judges, legislators, and prosecutors — enjoy “absolute immunity” for all conduct taken while exercising their official, traditional duties.

On appeal, a 9th Circuit panel unanimously affirmed. Citing the Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Imbler v. Pachtman, the circuit panel found prosecutors only enjoy absolute immunity for conduct “intimately associated with the judicial phase of the criminal process.” As examples, the panel wrote that immunity would apply to decisions on whether to prosecute particular cases, but not to statements made during press conferences or alleged discrimination in personnel decisions.

As opposed to rote administrative tasks, Renick maintains that locating and disseminating potentially exculpatory information falls within the type of core prosecutorial function traditionally afforded absolute immunity. Indeed, the petition notes, the Supreme Court’s decision in Imbler itself provided absolute immunity to a prosecutor alleged to have withheld exculpatory evidence from the defendant.

Whereas line prosecutors themselves cannot face suit for withholding information from defendants, Bednarski cites cases from the 4th, 7th, and 11th Circuits rejecting qualified immunity for police officers who withheld such information from prosecutors in the first place. From a larger standpoint, Bednarski argues, prosecutorial immunity was meant not to shield all employees in prosecutors’ offices from any liability, but to serve as a narrow exception to civil rights laws used only when necessary to protect the judicial process itself. Goldstein

Louisiana Gov Jindal Appoints Criminal Commission

Written by: BayouBuzz Staff
Article Written on: Tuesday-March-4-2008

BATON ROUGE- On Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointments of twenty-seven members to the Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, including several sheriffs, judges, district attorneys, chiefs of police, sheriff’s deputies and citizens. Judy Dupuy Mouton, of Baton Rouge, will serve as executive director.

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice provides a forum for all elements of the criminal justice system to develop multi-agency programs which serve the needs of a wide range of criminal justice organizations. Appointments by the governor to the commission are required by statute to consist of three district attorneys, three sheriffs, two chiefs of police, one district court judge, one juvenile court judge, fifteen professionals or lay persons, and one appointment from a list of three candidates submitted by the Victims and Citizens Against Crime.
Appointments include the following:
Sheriff Mike Cazes, of Port Allen, has served as sheriff of West Baton Rouge Parish since 2004.

Paul Connick, of Metairie, has served as district attorney for the 24th judicial district since 1996.

Sheriff Austin Daniel, of St. Francisville, has served as sheriff of West Feliciana Parish since 2000.

Sheriff Larry Deen, of Benton, has served as sheriff of Bossier Parish, since 1988.

Sheriff Richard “Ricky” Edwards, Jr., of Jennings, has served as sheriff of Jefferson Davis Parish since 1992.

Hunter Grimes, of Walker, has served as chief of police since 2005.

Leland Guin, of Tullos, has served as the chief of police for Tullos since 2001.

Doug Hebert, Jr., of Kinder, has served as district attorney for the 33rd judicial district since 1990.

Bobby D. Hickman, of Leesville, has served as chief of police for Leesville since 1995.

Jerry Jones, of Mer Rouge, has served as district attorney in the fourth judicial district in Morehouse Parish since 1991.

David R. Kent, of New Orleans, has served in the area of criminal justice as a professor, security consultant, and a deputy chief with the New Orleans Police Department.

Nancy Amato Konrad, of Metairie, is the senior judge for the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court.

Arthur Lawson, of Gretna, currently serves as the chief of police for the Gretna Police Department.

Jay Lemoine, of Dry Prong, has served as district attorney for the 35th judicial district in Grant Parish since 2002.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso, of Lake Charles, has served as sheriff of Calcasieu Parish, since 2004.

Sheriff Randy Maxwell, of Vidalia, has served as sheriff of Concordia Parish since 1990.

Sheriff Steve May, of Columbia, has served as sheriff of Caldwell Parish since 2000.

Rudolph McIntyr, Jr., of Winnsboro, currently serves as district court judge for the 5th judicial district.

Harry Morel, Jr., of Luling, currently serves as district attorney for the 29th judicial district.

Judy Dupuy Mouton, of Baton Rouge, formerly served as deputy director for the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.

Chris Nevils, of Winnfield, has served as district attorney for the 8th judicial district since 2006.
Location: [Partner-Law Firm Vilar & Elliot,LLC]3709 Masonic Drive, P.O. Box 12730, Alexandria, Louisiana 71315-2730, (Rapides Parish)
R. Christopher Nevils practices in the following areas of law: Complex Litigation; Construction Litigation; Civil Litigation
Admitted: 1996, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Law School: Louisiana State University, J.D., 1995 R. Chris Nevils

College: Louisiana State University, B.A., 1991
Member: Alexandria, Fifth Federal Circuit and Louisiana State Bar Associations.
Biography: District Attorney, Winn Parish, Louisiana (2005—). Assistant District Attorney, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (1997-2004).
Born: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sheriff Steve Prator, of Shreveport, has served as the sheriff of Caddo Parish since 2000.

Walter Reed, of Covington, has served as district attorney of the 22nd judicial district in the St. Tammany/Washington Parish region, since 1984.

Sheriff Mark Shumate, of Sondheimer, has served as sheriff of East Carroll Parish since 1998.

Chief J.D. Thornton, of Natchitoches, has been a sheriff’s deputy with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2002.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley, of Gonzales, has served in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1988, and has served as sheriff of the parish since 1996.

Patrick Yoes, of Norco, has served as a sheriff’s deputy with the St. Charles Parish Sherriff’s Office since 1984.Goldstein

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Will the Truth be told?!

Time for the shambammers to exit the scene, Left!!-Special Litigation Section Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice P.O. Box 66400 Washington, DC 20035-6400 (202) 514-6255

State of La.

Update 21 March 08
"Angola 3" John Conyers & Cedric Richmond "?Investigative Hearings?"

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, left, asks for pardons for the two remaining inmates of the Angola 3, who were still in solitary confinement at Angola penitentiary. Standing behind Richmond in this March 20 photo is one of the three inmates, Robert King, orginally of New Orleans, now free, and Attorney Scott Fleming, right.

Indepth MSNBC. Victim's Wife Doubts the Men Are Guilty!!

Advocate staff writer
Published: Mar 26, 2008 - UPDATED: 2 p.m.

Two men held in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola since the 1970s were moved into a maximum-security dormitory with other inmates Monday, Assistant Warden Angie Norwood said today.

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, part of a group known as the Angola 3, have sued the state, claiming they are victims of cruel and unusual punishment for the years they spent in isolation. The two were convicted of killing a prison guard, though their attorneys argue they didn’t commit the crime.

Their move out of solitary confinement came as lawyers for the prisoners and the state are negotiating a settlement in the lawsuit, which is pending in federal court in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell and lawyers for the three men asked a federal judge Wednesday to delay a pretrial conference for two weeks to allow them to focus on negotiations.

“It appears at the moment that we may be able to come to an agreement, so we’re asking the court to let us continue that discussion,” said Nicholas Trenticosta, a New Orleans attorney representing the men.

Tammi Herring, a spokeswoman for Caldwell’s office, declined to comment because negotiations are ongoing.

The Angola 3 are Wallace, Woodfox and Robert King, who used to go by the last name Wilkerson.

King was placed in isolation for allegedly killing a fellow inmate, but that conviction was overturned in 2001 after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He spent 29 years in isolation before his release.

Wallace and Woodfox, who had formed a chapter of the Black Panther Party to fight problems inside the prison, were convicted of killing prison guard Brent Miller during a riot on April 17, 1972.

In isolation, an inmate spends 23 hours each day in a cell. The other hour is spent taking a shower and exercising alone.

Prison officials have maintained the men pose a security risk at the prison.

In addition to their claims of unjust treatment, attorneys with the national legal defense group Innocence Project have said evidence shows Wallace and Woodfox were not involved in Miller’s death. The Innocence Project recently stepped up efforts to raise public awareness of the Angola 3.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, visited the prison last week and said evidence suggests the two men were wrongly convicted.

Norwood said the inmates were moved to the new dormitory as part of a larger transfer of inmates who have shown good behavior.

Angola is the first state prison to open a maximum-security dormitory, the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections announced in a news release last week.

“Good disciplinary records while in maximum custody will warrant the move to the dorm setting, while freeing up valuable cell space for younger, more violent offenders,” the news release says.

Asked about the specific rules and living arrangements for the dormitory, Norwood deferred to the department’s news release, which says only that the rules for the dormitory will be set by the warden of each facility.

Trenticosta said he doesn’t know exactly how much of an improvement the dormitories will be over solitary confinement, but added that he hopes to learn more about them through the talks with the state.

“There are plenty of regulations in the various settings at Angola, and it is unclear to us today what are those regulations that are being applied in this situation,” he said.

"Revamping the Judicial Process in Louisiana"?-Will your insistance matter?

March 31 2008 begins the Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature: Who will sponsor the bill for a Study Resolution on the Judicial Process!!

Will the people count!!?
What will Governor Jindal's ad campiagn look like, Now?
Contact your Legislator-find them

Now that the two special sessions are over; one on ethics reform, the other on budget concerns, which included school tuition tax breaks. The Regular Session must tackle the bane of a corrupt Judicial process. With Jena, the 19th JDC & its DNA meltdown-inclusive of the 18th JDC & now the 7th JDC's seeming inability to operate its court and the former AG's- so-called voter fraud expense in the 7th JDC-will the new AG & the new head of LSP fix their agencies.

The DNA Lab at LSP can't seem to locate a "manufactured DNA" of Michael Jarvis Cobb. Let alone the appeal of the 19th JDC in the Phelix Parker case has set idle, while Parker waits in the EBR Prison. June08-La.FCCA ruling.

Okay, Let's tackle the really tough issues. Yet, what some legislators want is to shut this "clarion call" up.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The New World Order:North American Union

Here you have it, the complete control of your life

The Council on Foreign Relations
The Americus Society, Trilateral Commission

This is the beginnings of the end of the World as we know it! Divide & conquer in the American scene is the rule of the day. Maybe, just maybe a newly elected Louisiana Governor, by the name of Bobby Jindal can, someday; change America!